Nintendo has announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Switch, a collection that includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Sunshine, and it will be released on September 18, 2020.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars features optimized versions of 3D Super Mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Additionally, this collection includes an in-game music-player mode to play the music and songs from all three games. Like the version in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, all 175 tracks can be played with the screen turned off.
All three games have updated Joy-Con controls with rumble, and players will still be able to use motion controls in Super Mario Galaxy if they wish. Furthermore, while each game will have a higher resolution, Super Mario Sunshine will also be presented with an updated 16:9 aspect ratio.
A press release explains that the game will receive a limited physical release, and will seemingly only be on sale digitally until March 31, 2021. We’ve contacted Nintendo for clarification on whether the game will be available again in any form after that time.
Super Mario 64 was a launch title for the Nintendo 64, and we’ve ranked it as our 10th best game of all time in our list of Top 100 Video Games of All Time. We said “Mario games are synonymous with fun and innovation, and perhaps Mario 64 is the best example of the latter. It gathered the core elements of Mario’s best 2D, side-scrolling adventures and worked out how to translate them into a groundbreaking 3D world. It was still recognisably Mario – he collected mushrooms and ran and jumped his way to success, but he was forever changed.”
Super Mario Galaxy was released on the Nintendo Wii in 2007 and, in our 9.7/10 review, we said, “Super Mario Galaxy is one of the greatest platformers I have ever played, Wii’s best game, and an absolute must-own experience. And to me, this odd trek through space really does feel like the true sequel to Mario 64. It harkens back to the N64 classic with nostalgic faces and places from the Mushroom Kingdom, but it also re-invents the franchise with new space-themed mechanics and fresh Wii-enhanced controls.”
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Super Mario Sunshine was originally released on the GameCube in 2002 and, in our review, we said “It’s completely captivating from the start, and I can’t rave enough about the tight controls. It just feels right. However, I am quite disappointed by the vacation theme and Nintendo’s stubbornness to pay attention to presentation. The story and character design especially is poorly executed. I think Nintendo finds making Peach into a total ditz and Mario into a fat goon amusing, but it feels pretty lame for those of us with some intelligence.”
This was far from the only new Mario game announced today – check out everything announced in the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Nintendo Direct, including Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury for Switch, Super Mario Bros. 35, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and much more!
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